Abu Dhabi divorces rising dramatically among newlyweds

Abu Dhabi newlywed divorces rising dramatically
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25 October, 2018
Nearly 30 percent of marriages are ending in divorce within their first year, the Abu Dhabi Statistics Centre said in their latest report.
Divorce rates are increasing in Abu Dhabi [Getty]
Sustaining married life in the UAE is proving increasingly difficult, with nearly 30 percent of marriages in the country failing within their first year, a new study has shown.

The latest report released by Abu Dhabi Statistics Centre (ADSC), Marriage and Divorce Statistics in the Abu Dhabi Region, showed that while marriage rates had increased by 5.6 percent per annum since 1975, divorce rates are also increasing.

A total of 7,703 marriage contracts were registered in Abu Dhabi last year.

"The percentage of marriages between Emiratis was at 78.5 per cent, while marriages between an Emirati and a non-Emirati in 2017 accounted for 21.5 per cent," the report said.

Men in Abu Dhabi get married with an average age of 28.9 years, while brides' average age was 25.7 years. There is a slight trend towards both Emirati men and women getting married slightly younger.

Meanwhile, 28.5 percent of divorce cases in 2017 were marriages that fell apart before the couple's first anniversary, while 52.2 percent of all divorces took place in the first three years.

The study added that the number of registered divorces rose to 1,859 in 2017, an annual increase of 4.6 percent since 1975.

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